The Connecticut Assembly adjourned sine die for the current session, with a failure to advance Senate Bill 20, which would have blocked importation of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and giraffe parts from Africa.
HSC joined 25 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations requesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers require from the Pebble Mine (Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet, AK) applicant all the information necessary to reach a fully informed permitting decision and that the ongoing administrative process to consider the Pebble Mine permit application be suspended until this information is received. View the letter HERE
DELISTING OF GRAY WOLVES
The gray wolf has been delisted in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have shown their ability to manage this delisted wolf population responsibly so that it remains healthy and sustainable. Populations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are healthy, and wolves have begun to expand into northern California and Western Oregon and Washington. In total, the range-wide gray wolf population stands at more than 6,000, exceeding the combined recovery goals for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Western Great Lakes populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior are considering removing the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2019. You can provide comments on or before July 15, 2019. All comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov. To comment on the proposed rule electronically, please click on the link below. Then click the “Comment Now” button in the upper right hand corner: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097-0001
ROB WALLACE SUPPORT LETTER
HSC joined 35 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations to offer support for the nomination of Rob Wallace to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. The Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks oversees the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, which collectively manage 170 million acres of public lands critical to fish and wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing, and outdoor recreation. In addition, the position oversees complex issues such as migratory bird management, implementation of the Endangered Species Act, and the international trade in wildlife. Rob Wallace is an exemplary nominee for the position of Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. His vast work experience includes senior staff positions in Congress and in the Administration, including Assistant Director of the National Park Service. Rob also served as Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer’s chief of staff and he fundamentally understands the important partnership between the states and the federal government when it comes to managing fish and wildlife, and our nation’s public lands. Rob also has critical experience in the private sector. He oversaw government relations for GE Energy, which gave him important experience in the development of both traditional and clean energy resources. Most recently, as a partner at i2 Capital, Rob has been intimately involved in creating market mechanisms to advance sage grouse conservation in the West. View the full letter HERE
Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation. Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-proﬁt organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.